Research Methods in Applied Behavior Analysis / Edition 1

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This very practical, how-to text provides the beginning researcher with the basics of applied behavior analysis research methods. In 10 logical steps, this text covers all of the elements of single-subject research design and it provides practical information for designing, implementing, and evaluating studies. Using a pocketbook format, the authors provide novice researcher with a "steps-for-success" approach that is brief, to-the-point, and clearly delineated.

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Editorial Reviews

Pamela G. Osnes

"The topic is timely and the writing style is pragmatic and user-friendly. The field needs an updated book on research methods."

Don Patterson

"There is a definite need for a ‘how to’ book such as this to train behavior analysts…The authors have a very thorough and understandable approach to the topics. They include lots of examples and everyday insights and practical tips that are valuable to new researchers…The strength of this book seems to be in the authors’ experience and sharing of practical advice to readers."

Jennifer Austin

"I like the conversational style, and I think my students would enjoy reading this book…There is no other how-to text on this topic. I think it will make a useful and much-needed addition to the behavioral textbook market."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761925569
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 2/13/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 467,088
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Jon S. Bailey, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology at Florida State University. Dr. Bailey is a past editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, the author of over 100 scholarly research articles, and was listed in the Behavior Analyst as the second most widely published author in applied behavior analysis. Dr. Bailey is an internationally recognized speaker on the topic of applied behavior analysis. He has given major addresses at conferences throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. He has guided over 50 doctoral candidates and many more master’s students through publishable dissertations. In this book, he tells the secrets to his success with practical advice that can make or break a study.

Mary R. Burch, Ph.D., is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She is also a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist. Dr. Burch is an award winning writer; she has published five books and over 100 articles. Her behavioral research has been published by the U.S. Department of Education. Dr. Burch is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors.

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Table of Contents

Step 1: Select Your General Topic, Find a Good Setting & Choose Appropriate Participants
Step 2: Narrow Down Your Research Question
Step 3: Decide on Your Dependent & Independent Variables
Step 4: Establish Social Validity
Step 5: Create Your Data Collection Systems
Step 6: Pilot Test Your Key Variables
Step 7: Identify the Appropriate Research Design
Step 8: Conduct an Ethics Check
Step 9: Carry Out Your Research Project: A Daily & Weekly Checklist for Success / Step
Step 10: Analyze & Graph Your Data
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2008


    I love the clarity and simplicity of this book. More than any other, its given me what I need to design a research study with results that should hold up over time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2004

    A review of the reviewer 'marred by poor writting.'

    If we are to judge Bailey's book by this review, we are observing the pot calling the kettle names. The reviewer also writes poorly and has failed miserably trying to punctuate the review. I think this is a projection more than a valid complaint.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2002

    Marred by poor writing

    I really have to wonder where the editors were when this book was being produced. While the book is excellent in its conception, no les than what we would expect from someone of Baily's stature, the writing is so poor as to make the book almost useless as a text. Here is an example. This is the introduction to continuous observation with interval recording: "In continuous observation, the observer is instructed to observe the behavior for the full length of the interval. For example, a 6-second interval could be used to record some feature of the behavior either during or at the end of the interval." (p 101) Thus here, mention of instructions to the observer is superfluous, and the uses of the six second interval beyond my ability to discern. Unfortunately there are far too many problems of this sort.

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